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Allotment shed can anyone help!?!

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 18:50

The other daft thing is they state it has to be a 'lean to' type.  You can only build a 'lean to' structure up against an existing wall or other building, as that is the definition of a 'lean to'!

Anyone know where to get a replacement greenhouse door

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 00:56

Doing that should be OK.  If the aluminium frame seems a bit on the thin side to support the weight of a door though, you could drill through it in several places and screw on an upright length of wood to provide more support, then screw the hinges to that.

Surround for a preformed pond

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 23:36

Have a look here for some tips/inspiration:


Anyone know where to get a replacement greenhouse door

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 22:58

Hi pavery, it might be tricky as there's no standard size/fitting for sliding greenhouse doors.  Most of them have wheels embedded in the door frame which must fit the sliding rails exactly.  If you can identify the make/model of greenhouse then you may be able to get a spare door. This is a great place to look for greenhouse spare parts:

Alternatively, perhaps you could cut a piece of 10mm twinwall polycarbonate sheet to size and fit some normal hinges to make a door which opens outwardly, with a hasp and staple on the unhinged side to keep it shut?  I think that's what I'd do.

Plant identification

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 18:48

Looks a bit like a whole garlic bulb has been planted, with each clove sending up a separate stem of leaves - rubbing one of the leaves will soon tell you if it's that!  Definitely a bulb of some sort.

Bamboo connecters

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 18:03

I think the type you have are made by Gardman.  Try searching Amazon for "gardman cane connectors"

Rowan Tree Poorly

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 14:07

The stuff growing on the branches (and definitely in Lyon's photo) looks like lichen.  If so, that is nothing to worry about whatsoever as it grows only on the surface and indicates you have excellent air quality (lichen will not grow where there is air pollution.)  The split bark is more worrying and if it is from ground level, try peeling back a small section along the crack and have a sniff.  If it smells strongly of mushrooms, it could be the dreaded honey fungus.


Posted: 16/03/2013 at 15:03

I have a semi-evergreen (but kept 100% of it's leaves over this winter) Lonicera japonica called Halliana which grows in almost complete shade and still manages to flower.  The plant selector on this site says 'full sun or semi-shade' but it does well in deep shade for me.

I agree with figrat - only way to really know is to try one or two you fancy and see how they do for you.  In this sort of situation I often plant several varieties in pots placed in the problem area and see how they do.  The winner get a permanent home.

Cosmos seeds - mixed up

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 13:44

I do it every year with my toms!  I start them off in small pots and last year I wrote on side of the tray holding the pots what variety each row was.  Yep, you guessed it, I then moved the pots into another tray without thinking..  Nutcutlet is right though, there is some hope for flowering plants as the stems of the white ones are often paler than the coloured ones.  In the case of stocks, you can determine if the flowers will be single or double in the same way, too.

Unexpected notifications

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 12:40

Yeah, but it's not obvious that you can turn-off notifications in general but override that setting for individual threads.  It's also rather easy to 'ignore' your own posts by accidentally clicking the black pop-up box which appears when you hover the cursor over your own avatar.  A few folk here have been caught out by that one, resulting in quite some confusion!

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